Drybar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse

If dull, limp hair is weighing you down, it’s time to reach for that creamy pouf of a styling agent known as mousse. And before you scratch your head wondering if we’ve lost our beauty marbles, know this: Gone are the formulas that were used to create the crunchy, sky-high ’80s hairstyles that the then-ubiquitous foam became known for. Instead, today’s NEXT-GENERATION MOUSSES are moisturizing, light as whipped cream, disappear into the hair without a trace and leave strands feeling soft and silky yet full of body. Just know that not all mousses are created equal (sometimes splurging on a hair product is worth it), nor are they all made to do the same styling job. Here are our top five mousses for creating everything from beachy waves to the perfect blowout.

Drybar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse, $25
Perfect for: Creating the ultimate blowout using a round brush. It offers lasting, flexible hold and bouncy volume, and it protects hair from heat during the drying process. www.thedrybar.com

Kérastase Mousse Substantive, $42
Perfect for: Mature and/or dry, sensitive hair. Essential ingredients include collagen (for definition and body), vitamin F and ceramide (to repair, protect and encourage cellular renewal), and calcium (to strengthen strands). Essentially, your hair will look like it did when you were a teenager — shiny and healthy — making the price tag worth every penny. www.kerastase-usa.com

Klorane Mousse with Chamomile, $14
Perfect for: Blondes or anyone with golden highlights. It’s also great for creating a little added oomph and taming flyaways, regardless of your hair color. www.drugstore.com

Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse, $28
Perfect for: Adding volume and shine to any hairstyle. The brand is renowned for its use of argan oil — a moisturizing, shine-enhancing ingredient found in all its products. www.moroccanoil.com

Oribe Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse, $37
Perfect for: Creating that bedhead, beach-wave look that every supermodel seems to have perfected. Leaves hair soft and touchable. www.oribe.com